Camcorders http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/reviews en-GB Sony PJ530 http://www.stuff.tv/sony-pj530/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If video really matters, the Sony PJ530&#039;s box of tricks will put a spell on you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony PJ530 review" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-PJ530-Main.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The continued existence of camcorders puzzles many people. Only last week we were told by a shop assistant in a major consumer electronics chain store that there was &quot;no point buying a camcorder&quot; unless you were looking for professional gear. We asked if they sold many camcorders at the moment, having perused their quite extensive range of camcorder stock. The answer was &quot;No.&quot;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massive zoom </div> <div class="field-item even"> Superb, super-smooth video </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightweight </div> <div class="field-item even"> Genuinely useful Built-in projector </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good range of connections </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No internal memory </div> <div class="field-item even"> Rival gadgets are closing in </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s it got? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PJ530 is very well specced and featured. It does 1080p video at 50fps, it has a massive 30x optical zoom that goes to 60x without breaking up, uses an eye-boggling image stabilisation system that moves the lens within the body, plus a projector for reviewing footage when you don&#39;t have access to a TV.</p> <p>There&#39;s more. On the hand strap there&#39;s a little USB &quot;tail&quot; which makes it easy to plug into a computer or a charger. Unfortunately there isn&#39;t any onboard storage - instead everything is recorded to microSD or Memory Stick Micro card.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid as a rock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The stabilisation on the PJ530 is incredible to watch - from either side of the lens.</p> <p>If you look into the lens and wobble the camera you&#39;ll notice that the lens stays pointing in the same direction, moving independently of the main camcorder body. This nullifies minor shakes as well as big jerking movements. You&#39;ll notice it most if you need to record while you&#39;re running, or perhaps shooting through the window of a moving vehicle.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-make-film-stuffs-pro-tips-movie-making/feature" target="_blank">How to make a short film - 11 pro tips for movie-making</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The PJ530&#039;s lens moves independently of the body to counter shakes and wobbles" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05239.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 350x zoom. Really? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll also be thankful of the image stabilisation when you start stretching out the zoom to its full range. The two combine to make it perfectly feasible to record incredibly distant objects or scenes without a tripod. The intelligence of the image stabilisation comes into play when you start panning and tracking fast-moving objects in the distance. Many rivals fall at this hurdle, correcting their image stabilisation in a series of painfully visible jerks, but the PJ530 remains calm and unflustered, seemingly locked onto its target.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth pushing up beyond the 30x optical zoom to the &quot;extended&quot; 60x zoom limit if you need to, even if it&#39;s only momentarily. You do lose some quality but often it&#39;s better to take that hit rather than trying to mess around with the footage in an editing app. Delve into the menus and you can active the 350x digital zoom, which sounds preposterous but is actually worth trying out.</p> <p>All of this makes the PJ530 well suited to capturing sports and live events, wildlife and various other remarkable sights and scenes you might stumble upon during your travels.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can push all the way up to 350x digital zoom if you dare" alt="Sony PJ530 zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05237.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="To be sure of quality images you can stick to the 60x zoom limit" alt="Sony PJ630 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05240.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PJ530 video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In good light, such as outdoors during the day, the video quality is excellent. Detail is sharp, colors are bright and movement is recorded smoothly and realistically. The continuous autofocus stays alert during panning and zooming, and the silent, motorised zoom control allows for gradual or rapid changes to the framing of your shots.</p> <p>Indoors or at dusk the frame rate is likely to fall back to 25fps, and the limits of the small 3.1mm sensor are highlighted with increased noise as the ISO setting is raised automatically. Even so it&#39;s perfectly usable in this kind of environment.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Things to Watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This USB plug tucks neatly into the hand strap and is always available when you need to power up or offload some video" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05244.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ins, outs and Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power users will appreciate the sockets hiding beneath the flaps. There&#39;s an HDMI output next to the input for the projector, and if you&#39;re keen to hear exactly what sound the PJ350 is picking up you can plug in a pair of headphones via the 3.5mm output. If you&#39;d rather record your soundtrack from something other than the built-in 5.1 surround sound microphone set-up you can hook up a microphone or line-level source to the 3.5mm input. By default the audio recording level is set to Auto, which does a good job of adjusting the incoming volume on the fly but it can be switched to manual.</p> <p>On top you&#39;ll see another little hatch. Open this up to reveal a multi-accessory interface that makes it possible to attach one of a number of extras, including higher quality microphones and lights. There&#39;s Wi-Fi too, which works well enough for transferring movies and stills to a smartphone, or using your phone as a remote control. If you download Sony&#39;s PlayMemories software you can do wireless transfers to computers too, but unless you have no available USB slots it&#39;s much quicker and easier to plug in physically.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review" target="_blank">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The PJ530&#039;s connection options allow you to step up to serious shooting levels" alt="Sony PJ530 connections" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05242.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Higher quality microphones and video lamps can be attached to the accessory port" alt="Sony PJ530 accessory port" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05243.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PJ530 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you feel the projector is a gimmick too far, by all means take a look at similarly-specced alternatives in the Sony range. But you might actually be surprised at how useful a built-in projector is for sharing the day&#39;s adventures with family and friends.</p> <p>Regardless, we haven&#39;t tested a better camcorder at this price with or without it, so if you want the ability to capture excellent footage in all sorts of environments, with a colossal zoom into the bargain, you just have to check out the PJ530.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Camcorders in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="PJ530: a great all-round camcorder" alt="Sony PJ530 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05235.JPG?1405525187" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When quality footage matters, you&#39;ll be glad you splashed out on the superb PJ530</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PJ530 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony-pj530/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony-pj530/review#comments Camcorders PJ530 Projectors Sony Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:55:09 +0000 Tony Horgan 1439992 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony HDR-AS100VR http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/sony-hdr-as100vr/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s time action cams moved on, and the Sony HDR-AS100VR shows the way forward </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR review" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC05138.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With its wrist-mounted colour monitor and remote control, the Sony HDR-AS100VR brings rugged cameras out of the dark ages and into the 21st century. At last, it&#39;s possible to see what you&#39;re recording and control your camera from an equally rugged and reliable companion.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to frame shots thanks to remote screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Rugged, waterproof case </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Works with any standard tripod </div> <div class="field-item even"> Microphone input </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good video quality for an action cam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vulnerable without its waterproof housing </div> <div class="field-item even"> GoPro beats it on video quality </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does it work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You don&#39;t need to know how it works; it just does. The rubberised remote automatically pairs with your camera without any of the hassle associated with smartphone remote apps. Once the two have shaken hands you can frame your shot with the small colour LCD, which is bright enough to work just fine in the sunshine.</p> <p>A big red Record button does just as you&#39;d expect, and while you&#39;re filming you get a red dot onscreen as well as a red LED on the wristband, just to confirm that you&#39;re capturing the action. You can also make a few alterations to the settings via the remote, including video quality.</p> <p>Although you&#39;re likely to keep the two in close proximity, it is possible to use the remote at distances up to around 30 feet from the camera before the link breaks down.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/centr-camera-action-cam-captures-360-degree-video-4k/news" target="_blank">Centr Camera: the action cam that captures 360-degree video... in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4896" height="3672" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR remote wristband" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR remote wristband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05155.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR waterproof housing" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR waterproof housing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05136.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bullet cam design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera itself opts for a bullet-cam design, with a mono LCD display and just enough buttons to flick through the menus and record without the remote, if necessary. It&#39;s reassuring to see a tripod thread on the bare camera, so basic mounting is possible without reliance on the waterproof casing (unlike the GoPro range).</p> <p>On its own, the camera is splash-proof but lacks any ruggedisation and the bulbous lens looks very vulnerable, so most of the time you&#39;re likely to be using it in that clear plastic scuba gear. This protects it from minor knocks and also gives it waterproofing that&#39;s good for 5 metres. All three buttons can be used easily enough in this set-up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR lens" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05147.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR LCD" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR LCD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05150.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Expectations of video quality from small, rugged cameras shouldn&#39;t be too high. The Sony HDR-AS100VR is capable of recording some pretty decent footage, and its ability to go up to 60fps is even more important than its 1080p resolution, such is the degree that the higher framerates will smooth out the action.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review" target="_blank">GoPro Hero3+ Silver</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review" target="_blank">Black Editions</a> have the edge in quality, but neither the GoPros or the Sony are outstanding in this area. The small, fixed-focal length lenses and lack of any optical image stabilisation imposes limits you wouldn&#39;t encounter on bigger cameras and camcorders, and the results are movies that look as if they&#39;ve come from cameras with compromises.</p> <p>That&#39;s sort of ok, because the sacrifices have been made to create a small, rugged, go-anywhere camera. Just don&#39;t go expecting <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-hdr-cx410ve/review" target="_blank">full handycam quality</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review" target="_blank">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05146.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s an audio input, which is great when sound really matters" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR connections" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05149.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mounts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has taken what some might see as a more logical approach to its mount system, which ultimately comes down to a regular tripod thread attachment. That means you can easily put the AS100VR onto a Gorillapod for makeshift mounting to all sorts of things.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s own range of mounts is wide enough to cover the standard applications but also has some more inventive options too, such as a strap-on float (perhaps you&#39;re filming a beaver lodge), a dog harness and a wrist mount.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony AS100VR tripod thread" alt="Sony AS100VR tripod thread" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05140.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony AS100VR" alt="Sony AS100VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05151.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony HDR-AS100VR review summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An enticing package of extra features includes synchronised recording from up to five cameras at once (controlled by a single wristband), software to let you combine all those shots into one, along with graphics overlays GPS and speed data, and slo-mo capture at up to 240fps.</p> <p>In overall quality terms we&#39;d still take one of the GoPros, but if usability is your top priority, thanks to that super-handy wristband, the Sony HDR-AS100VR should be top of your list.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-hdr-cx410ve/review" target="_blank">The Best Camcorders in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05148.jpg?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By far the most user-friendly action cam you can buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony HDR-AS100VR review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/sony-hdr-as100vr/review#comments Action Cam Camcorders HDR-AS100VR Sony Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tony Horgan 1438707 at http://www.stuff.tv GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best action cam to buy isn&#039;t always the most expensive and feature packed, as this GoPro proves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC05172.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is the Hero 3+ Silver Edition of the latest GoPro action camera fold, sitting between the entry-level White and top-of-the-range Black Editions.</p> <p>And, unless money is no object, we reckon the Silver is the best buy of the lot.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £280.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best value GoPro of the range </div> <div class="field-item even"> Smooth 1080p footage @60fps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Wider range of mounts than other brands </div> <div class="field-item even"> Matchbox design squeezes into small spaces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen is £80 extra </div> <div class="field-item even"> Main unit is vulnerable when not in waterproof housing </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny buttons, fiddly in use </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the difference? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What you get with the &pound;280 GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition is almost the same as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review">&pound;360 Black Edition</a>, so if you fancy saving yourself &pound;80 it&#39;s worth checking to see if you really need those extras.</p> <p>The Silver Edition has a slightly smaller sensor (10MP vs. 12MP) and lacks the remote control unit, which is an optional extra. It has a slower Burst mode when shooting stills (10fps vs 30fps), doesn&#39;t bother with the 15fps 4K video mode, no &quot;SuperView&quot; mode and no Auto Low Light Mode. We could live without all of that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review">GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05157.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05160.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the same? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s the good news: everything that we liked about the Black Edition is present in the Silver Edition. That includes smooth 1080p footage than can be pushed up to 60fps, which really helps reduce judder with footage captured from a bike mount or anything fast moving. The footage isn&#39;t brilliant but it is the best of all the action cams we&#39;ve tested recently, which includes the Sony HDR-AS100VR, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a> and Rollei Actioncam S-30.</p> <p>Because it&#39;s part of the most widely used family of action cams, the Hero 3+ Silver has access to the widest array of mounts, and that counts for a lot. Whether you want to stick it onto your head, bike, car, surf board or chest, there&#39;s a way to do it, and you&#39;re likely to find it easier to get hold of GoPro mounts than other brands.</p> <p>While many rivals favour the bullet-cam form, GoPro is sticking with the matchbox design. There will be situations where one form works better than another, but in general we&#39;ve found the GoPro&#39;s fairly shallow front-to-back dimensions make it suited to more uses because it can be squeezed into tighter spaces.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin Virb Elite review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05168.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05127.jpg?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Room for improvement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even though we&#39;re bestowing five stars upon the Silver Edition, that fifth one is hanging by a thread. In use, the Silver Edition can be infuriating due to its tiny buttons, lack of a video monitor screen and general lack of useful feedback.</p> <p>Yes, you can buy a screen to plug onto the back panel but that&#39;s an extra &pound;80. More usefully, there&#39;s a remote control and remote viewing app for iPhone and Android which makes up for the fact the interface hasn&#39;t changed much over the years.</p> <p>We&#39;d also like to see a pre-ruggedised GoPro that can be snapped onto a mount in a flash. As it stands, the main unit is very vulnerable and unable to be mounted until it&#39;s placed inside the waterproof housing. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a> and Sony HDR-AS100VR show off major innovations in terms of ruggedisation and monitor screens, and GoPro will need to keep an eye on the competition if it&#39;s to remain the go-to brand for action cams.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/turn-your-car-movie-camera-gopro-integration-bmw-and-mini/news">Turn your car into a movie camera with a GoPro&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05159.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05163.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A safe bet, the Hero 3+ Silver Edition comes with a certain peace of mind that only a long-established brand can offer.</p> <p>While its footage isn&#39;t up to the quality of a similarly priced regular camcorder or compact camera, it&#39;s as good as it gets in this field. The wide range of mounts and familiarity of the GoPro range will serve you well in your adventures too.</p> <p>For our money, the extras offered by the Black Edition aren&#39;t worth it, making the Silver Edition an easy choice.</p> <p>While some here at Stuff will be packing the more progressive rivals from Sony and Garmin, for now, GoPro is still King.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not the most user-friendly, but certainly the best value action cam out there</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review#comments Action Cam Camcorders GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:56:42 +0000 Tony Horgan 1438712 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-lumix-gh4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Its 4K recording might grab the headlines, but the GH4 is more than that - it&#039;s Panasonic&#039;s finest all-round camera yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic Lumix GH4" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/panasonic-gh4-main.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Panasonic GH4 is the first mirrorless camera on the market to record 4K footage straight out of the box, and that&rsquo;s the feature that shouts the loudest &ndash; but this isn&rsquo;t some one-trick pony.</p> <p>In fact, it&#39;s Panasonic&#39;s best mirrorless camera yet, and would be even if that fancy 4K sticker wasn&rsquo;t on the box.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,300.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (body only) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good high ISO performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Superb 4K video capture </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Quick, accurate autofocus </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great viewfinder and screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Tough, weatherproof body </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Large by mirrorless standards </div> <div class="field-item even"> Pricey </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big in Japan (and everywhere else) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The GH4 is certainly one of the biggest and heftiest mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras around. In fact, it&rsquo;s about the size of a standard DSLR, albeit a lot tougher: its magnesium alloy body will withstand almost anything you throw at it, and every joint, dial and button is sealed against water and dust. Don&rsquo;t go dropping it in the bath or anything, but taking it out on a rainy day is absolutely fine.</p> <p>Despite the size and weight, it feels comfy and secure in your hand thanks to the chunky moulded grip. The majority of buttons and dials are either large or protrude out far enough that they&rsquo;re easy to get to too. Overall, the GH4&rsquo;s big body doesn&rsquo;t really feel like a bad move by Panasonic: this is pitched at professional and enthusiast photographers, most of whom will be used to much bulkier gear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The GH4 is almost as large as some DSLRs" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-gh4-hand-front.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get the OLED out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The GH4 has an OLED screen and an OLED electronic viewfinder, and both are excellent. The EVF isn&rsquo;t up to the (truly stellar) standards of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review" target="_blank">Sony A7R</a> &ndash; there&rsquo;s still the feeling that you&rsquo;re looking at a screen and not through the lens itself &ndash; but it&rsquo;s still one of the biggest, brightest, clearest and speediest we&rsquo;ve seen. There&rsquo;s only a little lag when you move the camera, and when you adjust settings everything is previewed live in the EVF.</p> <p>The 3in screen works in much the same way, and is a pull-out-and-tilt model that lets you easily frame images even with the camera held high above your head or at your waist. It&rsquo;s bright, detailed and low lag &ndash; oh, and touch-sensitive, too. With the amount of physical controls on offer, you probably won&rsquo;t need to use this capability often, but it can be handy for quickly setting the autofocus point.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The GH4&#039;s screen will rotate every which way" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-gh4-hand-screen.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Packed with features both useful and otherwise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wi-Fi and NFC are de rigeuer for higher-end cameras at the moment, and the GH4 leaps aboard this bandwagon. The idea is that you simply tap your NFC-enabled phone on the side of the GH4 and it&rsquo;ll swiftly establish a Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to control the camera functions through <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.panasonic.avc.cng.imageapp" target="_blank">Panasonic&rsquo;s Image App</a>. After ten minutes of trying this to no avail, we gave up &ndash; the connection started, but always stalled halfway. Sadly, this is typical of Wi-Fi equipped cameras at the moment &ndash; the end result isn&rsquo;t worth the fuss and frustration. Other connection options include QR code and manual.</p> <p>Also, as a possible consequence of the sheer amount of power needed to handle 4K video recording, the GH4 has one of the beefiest image processors of any camera around. Called the Venus Engine, it features a quad-core CPU that, as well as allowing 4K, makes vast improvements to noise reduction and picture quality. The GH4 can shoot up to ISO 25600 and, while the results are noisy (see the image above), they are usable - mighty impressive considering the insane sensitivity level at which they&rsquo;re being taken.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A shot taken on the Panasonic GH4 at 25600 ISO" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-gh4-high-iso.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic Lumix GH4 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong> - 16MP Live MOS</p> <p><strong>ISO range</strong> - 100-25600</p> <p><strong>Lens mount</strong> - Micro Four Thirds</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong>&nbsp;- 2,359,000 dot OLED</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>&nbsp;- 3in 1,036,000 dot OLED</p> <p><strong>Video formats</strong> - AVCHD, MP4, MOV</p> <p><strong>Video resolution</strong> - 3840 x 2160 4K, 1080p, 720p</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Wi-Fi, NFC, miniHDMI, GPS</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 132.9 x 93.4 x 83.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 560g (body only)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very pretty pictures </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As mentioned above, the GH4&rsquo;s ability to shoot relatively noise-free at high ISO is a huge boost to its low light chops, and in all other ways it&rsquo;s a hugely capable stills camera.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/14349446061/in/set-72157644614849220/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>We can&rsquo;t say we&#39;re quite as taken with its all-round picture quality in the same way as we were with the similarly-priced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review" target="_blank">Sony A7R</a> (the Sony&rsquo;s full-frame sensor makes a big difference, we feel), and it doesn&rsquo;t autofocus quite as quickly either, but on the whole its sharpness, noise control, speed and colour reproduction are all in the upper echelons of what we&rsquo;ve seen from mirrorless cameras. This isn&rsquo;t a camera that&rsquo;ll let you down when it comes to image quality.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/olympus/olympus-om-d-e-m1/review">Olympus OM-D E-M1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1600" title="Panasonic GH4 sample shot" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-gh4-sample-3.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic Lumix GH4" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-gh4-sample-1.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic Lumix GH4" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-gh4-sample-landscape-2.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UHD video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But what of its video? And in particular, its 4K performance? Well, there&rsquo;s really nothing to directly compare the GH4 to in this respect, as no other consumer camera we&rsquo;ve reviewed can record 4K video, just a handful of smartphones, and unsurprisingly the GH4 stomps all over them when it comes to video quality.</p> <p>Its 4K video is super-sharp, packed with lovely rich colour and supremely smooth and sharp motion &ndash; there&rsquo;s no hint of blur. It&rsquo;s also excellent with 1080p and 720p video. The GH4 offers more format options than most mirrorless cameras: you can record in MP4, AVCHD or MOV, at a variety of resolutions and frame rates.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic Lumix GH4 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The GH4 is pitched as a professional-quality camera and, while it might not unseat the top-end DSLRs from Nikon and Canon in the hearts and hands of people who make their living from photography, it&rsquo;s certainly the most enthusiast-friendly of Panasonic&rsquo;s Micro Four Thirds cameras thus far.</p> <p>Build quality is superb, autofocus is fast and accurate, still image quality is among the best that we&rsquo;ve seen from a mirrorless camera and video quality? Well, we reckon that <em>is</em> the best we&rsquo;ve seen from a mirrorless camera.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not cheap, and it&rsquo;s not particularly compact, but if you&rsquo;re looking for a versatile, hardy camera to accompany you on and document your travels through both stills and video, we can think of few better choices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video star: The Panasonic GH4 is setting the pace for 4K video recording" alt="Panasonic Lumix GH4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-gh4-floor.jpg?1402505450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fantastic video performance and tank-like build quality make this the go-to high-end CSC for amateur movie makers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> 4K Camcorders GH4 Panasonic System Cameras Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:40:50 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438466 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony A7R http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full-frame sensor, tank-like build and lightning autofocus makes Sony’s pro-friendly camera mighty tempting – even at this eye-watering price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony A7R " alt="Sony A7R " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-a7r-review-front.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t so long ago that squeezing a full-frame digital sensor into a full-size DSLR was considered a notable feat &ndash; but with the A7R, Sony has stuffed one into a palm-sized E-mount camera half the weight of most DSLRs.</p> <p>With a &pound;1,700 price tag (and that&rsquo;s before you buy any lenses), the A7R is pitched squarely at the prosumer market. But as we found out, this 36MP camera performs so well it may well have you going to the bank manager cap-in-hand for a loan.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,700.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Huge full-frame sensor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Superb image quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightning autofocus speed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Excellent viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock-solid build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The price hurts </div> <div class="field-item even"> No in-body image stabilisation </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Built to last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The A7R may be small and (relatively) lightweight, but it&rsquo;s tough as hell. The magnesium-constructed body is weather-sealed to prevent moisture and dust getting inside, and the dials, buttons and chunky grip are as solid as you&rsquo;ll find on a consumer camera.</p> <p>That big bulge up on top houses one of the finest electronic viewfinders we&rsquo;ve ever clapped an eye to. Large, lag-free and boasting a resolution so high that you almost feel it&rsquo;s an optical viewfinder and not essentially a live video feed, the OLED EVF shows you exactly how the image you&rsquo;re about take will end up looking: bokeh, exposure adjustments, depth of field are all previewed as you change settings.</p> <p>The 3in rear screen is also worthy of a mention. We rarely used it for composing shots (the EVF is so good, you see), but its tilting mechanism means it comes in useful at those times when it&rsquo;s not convenient to hold the A7R up to your eye: when shooting with it high above your head or low to the ground, for instance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Weather-proofing means you can use it in outside without too much worry" alt="Weather-proofing means you can use it in outside without too much worry" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-review-main.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The A7R&#039;s screen tilts both up and down" alt="The A7R&#039;s screen tilts both up and down" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-hand-screen.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A is for Accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alongside any E-mount lens (and, with Sony&rsquo;s adapter, full-size A-mount lenses too), you can equip the A7R with a wide range of accessories. The Multi Interface Shoe is compatible with various flashes, an IR light (for night vision video) and even Sony&rsquo;s XLR-K1M pro-level microphone, which hooks up to the camera via XLR connectors. If you want to shoot broadcast-quality footage on the A7R, the gear is all there.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb images </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We can&rsquo;t remember the last time we used a camera this small that delivered images as stunning as the A7R&rsquo;s. The top class lens Sony sent us to use with it &ndash; a &pound;700 <a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/camera-lenses/sel35f28z">Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 prime</a> &ndash; played a considerable role in that, but the glorious full-frame sensor and Sony&rsquo;s noise-reduction and image-processing technology were just as important.</p> <p>The huge physical size of the 36.4MP sensor helps immensely, as it&rsquo;s capable of capturing a lot of light even with fast shutter speeds. And there&rsquo;s excellent noise suppression, even at high ISO sensitivities, to help reduce unwanted graininess. That means shooting without flash in low light conditions is not only possible but delivers fantastic results: sharp, clean-looking pictures with little sign of noise.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="333" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/14242997182/in/set-72157644794903505/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>In brighter conditions, photos are even better. Because of the large sensor, there&rsquo;s a scale to these images that few DSLRs can touch, and it&rsquo;s also very easy to achieve a narrow depth of field, blurring the background or foreground of shots while keeping your subject in sharp focus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony A7R photo sample" alt="Sony A7R photo sample" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-sample-will-matt.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony A7R photo sample" alt="Sony A7R photo sample" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-sample-alice.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="801" title="Sony A7R photo sample" alt="Sony A7R photo sample" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-sample-hallway.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video star </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These traits extend to the A7R&rsquo;s video footage, which looks utterly glorious &ndash; almost Hollywood-esque in its smoothness. You can capture in AVCHD or MP4 at 60fps or cinema-like 24fps, in 1080p quality (there&rsquo;s no 4K option, although the upcoming A7s will allow that). And despite the range of external microphones offered by Sony, the built-in stereo mics do an acceptable job of capturing sound for general shooting purposes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sonys-new-alpha-7s-gets-4k-video-output/news">Sony&rsquo;s new Alpha A7s gets 4K video output</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A7R tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sensor</strong> - 36.4MP full-frame CMOS</p> <p><strong>ISO range</strong> - 100-25600</p> <p><strong>Lens</strong> - E-mount system</p> <p><strong>Viewfinder</strong> - 2,359,296-dot OLED</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 3in, 921,600-dot LCD</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Multi Interface Shoe, Wi-Fi, NFC</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 465g (body only)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Usability and connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The aforementioned chunky grip and buttons make the A7R comfy and secure in your hands, despite its small size, and the sheer amount of controls dotted around the body mean manual shooters can easily adjust settings on the fly. Thankfully there&rsquo;s no need to go fully manual, and Sony&rsquo;s automatic modes are, as ever, scarily clever at determining what kind of thing you&rsquo;re shooting and what the settings need to be.</p> <p>The autofocus here is devilishly quick and accurate. Sony has even given it the ability to recognise the pupils in subject&rsquo;s eyes and focus on them, which keep faces sharp when shooting with a short depth of field.</p> <p>One possible criticism: there&rsquo;s no optical image stabilisation inside the body &ndash; many of Sony&rsquo;s lenses do however come with it equipped. We didn&rsquo;t find it an issue with the fast F2.8 lens, but it could conceivably hamper performance with slower lenses.</p> <p>The camera also comes with Wi-Fi and NFC, which allow you to connect to a smartphone or tablet. Personally, we find this a little pointless &ndash; transferring large images via Wi-Fi to a phone is far slower and fiddlier than it needs to be to become &ldquo;a thing&rdquo;, and transferring them to PC is much easier by cable or memory card. But some might get some use out of Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app, which allows remote viewing and remote control of the shutter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: why you need a prime lens, and how to buy one</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" alt="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-hand-rear.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" alt="Controls are pleasinginly plentiful – and chunky" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-review-top.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A7R verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We love this camera and were less than keen on giving it back to Sony after our two-week review period. It&rsquo;s compact and lightweight but delivers results that outstrip pretty much any other compact system camera on the market.</p> <p>The downside is that that ability costs you a truly hefty wedge of cash, and unless you&rsquo;re already a Sony E-mount user you&rsquo;ll need to buy good lenses on top of the initial &pound;1,700 outlay. Your wallet might weep, but your photo album will sing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best System Cameras in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look! It&#039;s tiny" alt="Look! It&#039;s tiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a7r-hand-front.jpg?1401981784" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fantastic ability and design come together to make a truly stellar mirrorless camera &ndash; with a price tag to match</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A7R review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> A7R Camcorders Sony System Cameras Thu, 22 May 2014 15:11:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437467 at http://www.stuff.tv Centr Camera: the action cam that captures 360-degree video… in 4K http://www.stuff.tv/centr-camera-action-cam-captures-360-degree-video-4k/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> By stitching together footage from four cameras in real time, Centr doesn’t miss a thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Centr Camera: the action cam that captures 360-degree video… in 4K" alt="Centr Camera: the action cam that captures 360-degree video… in 4K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/centr-cam-main.jpg?1399291381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So, an action camera?</strong><br />Yes, <a href="http://www.centrcam.com/">Centr</a> is essentially an action camcorder. It&rsquo;s small and splash-proof. But it&rsquo;s unlike anything else out there, because it shoots full, panoramic 360-degree videos.</p> <p><strong>How?</strong><br />There are actually four outward-facing HD cameras squeezed inside the doughnut-shaped body. The device takes the footage from each and stitches it all together in a seamless (or near-seamless) way, leaving you with a wraparound panorama that looks like <a href="http://www.centrcam.com/panorama/paragliding">this</a>. There are three microphones to record audio.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll also take stills, and should you want you can turn off all but one camera and capture normal 1080p videos and 5MP photos. Oh, and it&rsquo;ll do time lapse too, as you can see <a href="http://www.centrcam.com/panorama/burningman">here</a>.</p> <p>Control is taken care of via a smartphone app (iOS and Android), with Bluetooth LE linking the devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>You said the footage was 4K?</strong><br />Each of the cameras captures up to 1080p, but when it&rsquo;s all stitched together the videos are at a resolution of 6900 x 1080, which is probably best described as &ldquo;sort of&rdquo; 4K - it&#39;s higher res horizontally than standard 4K, but lower res vertically.</p> <p><strong>And how do I view the 360-degree videos?</strong><br />Centr&rsquo;s creators have developed an interactive player that works on computers, tablets and smartphones, and because there&rsquo;s Wi-Fi built in, you can actually preview footage as it&rsquo;s being captured.</p> <p>Everything is saved onto SD card as well.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Centr app will be released on both iOS and Android" alt="The Centr app will be released on both iOS and Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/centr-cam-app.jpg?1399291381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="674" title="The player allows you to drag your viewpoint through 360 degrees" alt="The player allows you to drag your viewpoint through 360 degrees" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/centr-player.jpg?1399291381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>The hardware. Talk to me</strong><br />Well, like I said this thing is small (about 70mm across). It also features a quick-release, custom-designed battery that gives you two hours of filming time, or five hours of time lapse shooting.</p> <p><strong>And the hole in the middle?</strong><br />Simple: it&rsquo;s there so you can thread a thumb or finger through and film in all directions without your hand blocking a lens. But you can fix it to a tripod or GoPro mount too.</p> <p><strong>So how do I get one?</strong><br />Well, Centr&rsquo;s inventors are currently seeking US$900,000 in funding <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1307511016/centr-interactive-panoramic-video-in-the-palm-of-y">via Kickstarter</a>, and look to be well on their way to surpassing that goal. If they do, mass production is due to start next February, with the first units off the line going out to backers.</p> <p>The retail price is estimated at US$400 (&pound;240), but pledging $300 (&pound;180) or more to the Kickstarter campaign can get you one of these early models.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.centrcam.com/">Centr</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">FEAST YOUR EYES ON MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The best way to hold Centr" alt="The best way to hold Centr" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/centr-cam-thumb.jpg?1399291381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Camcorders Cameras Hot Stuff Mon, 05 May 2014 11:52:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436507 at http://www.stuff.tv Chinon Bellami HD-1 camera transports you back to the Super 8 era http://www.stuff.tv/chinon-bellami-hd-1-camera-transports-you-back-super-8-era/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s about time you forced yourself back into those bell-bottoms </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Chinon Bellami HD-1" alt="Chinon Bellami HD-1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chinon-bellami-hd-1-01.jpg?1396617425" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s a beautiful Geiger counter. </strong><br />Beautiful? Yes? Ionising radiation detector? No. That, young friend, is the <a href="http://www.chinon.co.jp/" target="_blank">Chinon Bellami HD-1</a>&nbsp;digital video camera.</p> <p><strong>Crikey. Why does it look so, er&hellip; </strong><br />Old? Retro? Classy? Because it&#39;s based on Japanese company Chinon&#39;s original Super 8 film camera from the 70s.</p> <p><strong>Isn&#39;t that when men had long hair and smelled of patchouli? </strong><br />Yup. Er, not that we&#39;re old enough to remember. Presumably, like us, you&#39;re too youthful to have lived through the era of Super 8 film, glam rock and the Three-Day Week. Would you like us to explain more?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sure granddad, go ahead.</strong><br />Sigh. Super 8 film launched in the mid-sixties; the 8mm film format had smaller perforations than 8mm film, allowing for a larger film area (and therefore better image quality). Since it came in cartridges, it was much easier to load than 16mm film, and proved to be hugely popular with amateur film-makers.</p> <p>A generation of directors got their start shooting on Super 8, including the likes of James Cameron, Tim Burton and JJ Abrams (who paid tribute to the vintage film stock with his appropriately-titled film Super 8).</p> <p><strong>So this is a new Super 8 camera, then?</strong><br />Nope. This dinky HD camera pays tribute to the old pistol-grip Super 8 cameras, but its innards are all modern.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WEvCi1-92hQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How modern are we talking, here? </strong><br />It&#39;s all-digital: inside, you get a 1/3in 2.1MP MOS sensor with 12x digital zoom, 187MB memory, a 0.47in 1.44MP viewfinder and electric image stabilisation. The Bellami also packs a hot shoe and HDMI and USB ports, plus support for SD/SDHC/SDXC cards up to 128GB. Lens-wise, it comes with a Chinon 4.2mm f/1.2 6-group 7-element D-mount lens; adapters for, CS and M42 lenses are in the works.</p> <p><strong>So it looks retro, but shoots digital? </strong><br />Yup. There are six different shooting modes, plus &ndash; inevitably, given its hipster-baiting looks &ndash; standard, black and white and sepia settings.</p> <p><strong>What about the price? Is that stuck in the 70s too? </strong><br />Sadly, we no longer live in the days when you could buy a Mars bar for 2p. The Bellami HD-1 costs &yen;89,250 (&pound;520) &ndash; and you&#39;ll have to budget for a trip to Japan, as it&#39;s only available there.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://akihabaranews.com/2014/03/10/article-en/chinon-bellami-hd-1-video-camera-interchangeable-lenses-1240354492" target="_blank">Akihabara News</a>&nbsp;via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/bellami-hd-1-digital-super-8-camera-chinon-03-27-2014/" target="_blank">Designboom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">More awesome Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Chinon Bellami HD-1" alt="Chinon Bellami HD-1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chinon-bellami-hd-1-02.jpg?1396617425" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chinon Bellami HD-1: Super 8 meets digital </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/chinon-bellami-hd-1-camera-transports-you-back-super-8-era/news#comments Camcorders Hot Stuff Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:22:10 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434590 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and download: RealPlayer Cloud http://www.stuff.tv/realplayer-cloud-transcodes-your-videos-so-theyll-play-anything/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Need to send a video from your iPhone to an Android, or vice versa? RealPlayer&#039;s new &#039;Dropbox for video&#039; transcodes your movies so they&#039;ll play on anything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="882" title="The phrase &quot;Dropbox for video&quot; was used more than once" alt="RealPlayer Cloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RPCLOUD.jpg?1394625163" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trying to send a video from your Android phone to your iPhone? Can&#39;t get your iPhone movies to play on your TV? The question of which device will play what kind of file can be toe-curlingly frustrating, but RealPlayer Cloud offers a nifty solution. Every file you upload to your personal folder is automatically transcoded into a number of different file formats, and when you want to play them on another phone, tablet, PC or Smart TV, it automatically downloads the right kind of file so it&#39;ll play without any mucking about.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While for many people RealPlayer was a plugin they remember installing in the late &#39;90s, the media player has forged on and continues to serve up video to around 25 million users, who download around 100 million of each other&#39;s videos per month. And while you may already have VLC or another multi-format player on your desktop, your uncle/nan/employer probably doesn&#39;t, so RealPlayer Cloud should make sending home movies a great deal easier. Your recipient doesn&#39;t need a RealPlayer Cloud account to watch or download videos you&#39;ve sent them, so you won&#39;t have to talk your parents through any sort of installation process, and if you&#39;re pinging videos between your own devices it&#39;s all pleasingly straightforward.</p> <p>And yes, you could upload your videos to YouTube and mark them as private, but RealPlayer Cloud lets you email someone a download link rather than a link to watch on a website, and for many that will feel like a more secure, private way of getting their home movies from their phone to their TV. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve found that while increasingly TVs are sold as &#39;smart TVs&#39;, people aren&#39;t really using them as &#39;smart TVs&#39;, because it&#39;s difficult to connect things up and watch things from your other devices&quot;, said RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser when we met him at Mobile World Congress last week. &quot;So our aim is make that easier. We&#39;ve started with Roku and Chromecast&quot; - there&#39;s a Cast button built into the app - &quot;and we&#39;re going to add more devices. People tell us they much prefer using an app as a remote control.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The amount of space you get in RealPlayer Cloud is similar to the Dropbox model, with 2GB available straight away for free, more if you persuade a pal to sign up, and still more if you&#39;re prepared to pay. Don&#39;t imagine you can use it for any nefarious sharing, though. &quot;We support the same rules and use the same deterrents as YouTube does to stop piracy,&quot; said Glaser. &quot;Our goal is to make legitimate sharing of video easy, not piracy.&quot;</p> <p>RealPlayer Cloud is available for PC, Android, iOS, Windows 8 and Kindle Fire.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Play nice, you two" alt="RealPlayer Cloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rpcloud2.jpg?1394625163" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/realplayer-cloud-transcodes-your-videos-so-theyll-play-anything/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games Camcorders iOS apps Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:55:24 +0000 Will Dunn 1433062 at http://www.stuff.tv GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The king of the action cams returns - but will it still rock our world? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gopro-hero3-black-edition-action-cam-review-002.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>GoPro cameras have been our go-to action cams since we were knee-high to a snowboard, so we&#39;re pretty stoked about the arrival of the Hero3+ Black Edition.</p> <p>This radical little box of tricks promises a better lens, longer battery life and faster wireless operation than the previous Hero3, while still packing such epic treats as 4K video and 30fps stills.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £360.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent video quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Huge range of mounts </div> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K and slow-mo modes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lacks a proper screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> 4K mode only 15fps </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready for action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The supplied waterproof case (or optional &pound;40 &lsquo;Frame&rsquo; mount) is a requirement for almost any use of the GoPro, as the matchbox-sized main unit has no ruggedisation or mount fixings. But in its favour, the tiny, boxy form works well in confined spaces.&nbsp;The waterproof case has been redesigned for the Hero3+ and is now smaller and lighter than before, and also fits more snugly - all good changes, we feel. </p> <p>As with all GoPro cams, operating the 3+ can be an awkward process because all feedback comes via the tiny mono LCD screen. Unless you never change any settings and just hit &lsquo;Record&rsquo;, you&rsquo;ll want to team it with the supplied remote or smartphone app. Alternatively, you can add an LCD touchscreen - but that&#39;s another &pound;80. Another slight annoyance is that once encased, the GoPro&rsquo;s three buttons are unmarked, making operation a more cryptic affair than your frozen fingers and rain-sodden head will appreciate. </p> <p>Still, there&#39;s better news when it comes to features. There&#39;s a remote app which works on iOS, Android and even Windows Phone - you don&#39;t see that very often - and a supplied wireless remote if you don&#39;t want to risk your phone on the slopes/in the surf. There are also loads of shooting options, from 4K to 1080p to slow-mo to time-lapse, plus 12MP stills at a blistering 30fps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-hero3-black-edition-action-cam-review-001.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Video</strong> - 4K@15fps, 1080p@60/50/48/30/25/24fps, 720p@120/60fps, WVGA@240fps</p> <p><strong>Stills</strong> - 12MP</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 2hrs</p> <p><strong>Display</strong> - Mono LCD status screen</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - microHDMI, microSD, microUSB, Wi-Fi, microSD reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 41x59x30mm/74g (136g w/housing)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shooting star? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, the GoPro will do 4K footage, but at 15fps and through these optics, there&rsquo;s little point.</p> <p>There&#39;s better news when it comes to full HD footage though. While not quite DSLR or high-end camcorder quality, it captures bags of detail and copes better with shadows and highlights than rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a>. And, if you&#39;re interested in slow-mo, the fact that the GoPro can shoot 120fps at 720p and even 240fps at WVGA quality is a massive bonus.</p> <p>But for all the talk of video quality and fancy features, much of GoPro&rsquo;s success is down to the fact that you can stick them on to almost anything. The 3+ remains the king when it comes to mounts, with options to attach it to virtually anything. Well, there&#39;s no pig mount yet, but it can be only a matter of time.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-hero3-black-edition-action-cam-review-003.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>GoPro&#39;s &lsquo;industry standard&rsquo; status has been well earned, and the Hero3+ Black Edition is a cracking good camera.</p> <p>However, in 2014 a &pound;350+ camera with no screen and a three-button interface doesn&rsquo;t quite stack up. We&rsquo;d like to see a major redesign for GoPro&rsquo;s next flagship, taking some cues from new rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a>.</p> <p>That said, the GoPro&#39;s tiny form factor, 4K mode, extra mounts, and advanced slow-mo options are all advantages, and that&#39;s why it&#39;s still a fixture in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">Top 10 camcorders</a> list.</p> <p>And if &pound;360 is too much for you, there&#39;s also the Hero3+ Silver Edition, yours for about &pound;240 if you shop around.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">The 10 best camcorders in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-hero3-plus-black-edition-action-cam-review-005.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another fine action cam from GoPro that&#39;ll please plenty of exteme enthusiasts</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review#comments Action Cam Camcorders GoPro Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:01:35 +0000 Marc McLaren 1432680 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin VIRB Elite http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a new kid on the action cams block – but does Garmin have the gnarly skills to take on GoPro? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-012.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want an action cam, you buy a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gopro-hd-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro</a>, right?</p> <p>The undisputed star of extreme video recording, the little white, silver or black box has become as common a slope-side sight as unnecessary facial hair.</p> <p>But lately, young upstarts such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ion/ion-air-pro-plus/review">Ion</a> have tried to get themselves a slice of that tasty action pie. And now here&#39;s GPS supremo Garmin with its own attempt, the VIRB Elite.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £320.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Useful colour screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Easy to operate </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Colourful footage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen struggles in dim light </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not as small as a GoPro </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited dynamic range </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready for action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The VIRB Elite comes as a self-contained ruggedised unit, so unlike with any GoPro, you won&rsquo;t need a waterproof housing in most scenarios. And that&#39;s not its only advantage over its rival. While GoPro users have to either make do with a teeny little monochrome screen or spend an extra &pound;80 for a clip-on LCD panel, the Garmin has a proper colour display.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, we say &#39;proper&#39;. The VIRB&#39;s&nbsp;&lsquo;Chroma&rsquo; display is powered by ambient light - which is great for battery life, but not so good for viewing in poor conditions; use it in the dark and it&#39;ll be virtually blank. Still, it&#39;s a screen, and the fact that it&#39;s on there at all makes it easier to&nbsp;frame shots, review footage and alter settings in many situations.</p> <p>You want features? With built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, the Elite can log your location and altitude and send heart-rate, speed, cadence and temperature info to other Garmin gear. (There&#39;s also a more basic model, the Garmin VIRB, which lacks GPS and Wi-Fi but which costs &pound;50 less.)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-013_0.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-010_0.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-011.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Video</strong> - 1080p@30fps, 960p@60/48/30fps, 720p@60/30fps, WVGA@120/60fps</p> <p><strong>Stills</strong>&nbsp;- 16MP</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 3hrs</p> <p><strong>Display</strong> - 1.4in &lsquo;Chroma&rsquo;, colour</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - microHDMI, microSD, microUSB, Wi-Fi, ANT+ compatible, GPS, microSD</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 32x53x111mm/177g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shooting star? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We compared the VIRB Elite&#39;s footage to that of GoPro&#39;s flagship model, the Hero 3+ Black Edition. And you know what? It&#39;s a close run thing. The Garmin has richer colours and a more saturated tone that we like, and while detailed scrutiny shows up a more limited dynamic range and blown-out highlights, we&#39;d struggle to say one is better than the other.</p> <p>As far as getting that footage in the first place goes, Garmin&rsquo;s backed the VIRB with a wide range of mounts covering heads, chests, wrists, helmets, bike tubes, dashboards and tripods. And if that&#39;s not enough, an adaptor allows you to use some GoPro mounts.</p> <p>The VIRB&#39;s&nbsp;buttons are more logically laid out than those on the latest GoPro, too, with nice touches such as a big, glove-friendly slider for toggling recording on and off and a bold green light to confirm that yes, you&#39;re rolling. There&#39;s even a neat remote control app for Android and iOS.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-014.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Garmin VIRB Elite is a real rival to the GoPro range, perhaps the biggest they&#39;ve had to face so far. In fact, given a straight choice between this and the flagship GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition, we&#39;d choose the Garmin. Cripes.</p> <p>It&#39;s easy to use, takes good footage and has plenty of attractive features.&nbsp;All of which makes it an action cam worthy of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">Top 10 Camcorders</a> list.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">The 10 best camcorders in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-009.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a rugged form and new tricks aplenty, the Garmin VIRB Elite is our new favourite action cam</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0#comments Action Cam Camcorders Garmin Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:04:53 +0000 Marc McLaren 1432637 at http://www.stuff.tv DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter drone http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We could “drone on” about the Phantom 2 Vision forever - this is the hottest camera-toting quadcopter on the block </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dji-phantom-2-vision-in-flight-3.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>DJI&rsquo;s Phantom 2 Vision is a revolutionary product.</p> <p>This powerful, easy to fly quadcopter sports not only a built-in anti-vibration camera, but also smartphone compatibility. That means you can view, in real time, what the camera&rsquo;s looking at when it&rsquo;s soaring 300 feet above your head. And all at a relatively affordable price. So does it deserve to sit atop the drone throne, or is it a UAV you should avoid?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £830.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Incredibly easy to fly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Brilliant first-person view via smartphone </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Simple, all-in-one solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disappointing image quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Shaky images in windy conditions </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flying made simple (and smart) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to be a polymath, possess lightning reactions or have 20/20 vision to fly the Phantom 2 Vision.</p> <p>The quadcopter is designed to be easy to fly: it self-stabilises, and if you take your hands off the controls it&rsquo;ll simply hover in its current position. Lose sight of it or move it out of its control range and, thanks to built-in GPS, it&rsquo;ll automagically fly back to where it took off from and land - that&#39;s some smart self-preservation right there. It also has a generous 25 minutes of flight time per charge &ndash; about 10 minutes longer than previous DJI quadcopters.</p> <p>The controls are sensitive (you can adjust them using the desktop app), but we never came close to crashing the Phantom. Manual landing is a piece of cake, too. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U8iHn_2l0U" target="_blank">There are plenty of YouTube clips that demonstrate that these things can be crashed</a>, but it&#39;s far from easy to do. Do avoid tight confines if possible, though - the body&nbsp;seems tough enough to withstand plenty of punishment but the rotor blades are more easily shattered.</p> <p>DJI&rsquo;s manual also specifies that the drone should be kept below 400 feet at all times, as above that it can pose a hazard to low-level aircraft. Yes, really.</p> <p>The responsiveness of the controls and the zippiness of the quadcopter (it can climb at 6m/s and travel forwards at up to 15m/s) make it a joy to fly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-in-flight-2.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-battery.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-controller.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJI Phantom 2 Vision tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Flight time</strong> - 25 minutes</p> <p><strong>Communication range</strong> - 300m</p> <p><strong>Still resolution</strong> - 14MP (RAW or JPG)</p> <p><strong>Video quality</strong> - 1080p/30fps/25fps; 1080i/60fps; 960p/30fps/25fps; 720p/60fps/30fps; 480p/30fps</p> <p><strong>App compatibility</strong> -&nbsp;iOS 6.1 and above; Android 4.0 and above</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 1160g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App’s the way to do it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The main thing that sets the Phantom 2 Vision apart from previous DJI quadcopters is its app compatibility and the first-person vision feature that opens up (previously, you&rsquo;d need to mod a Phantom with third-party gear for FPV).</p> <p>Install the app on your iOS or Android device and its screen becomes your eye in the sky &ndash; as well as the controller for the &lsquo;copter&rsquo;s camera, which can be tilted up and down. The app also allows you to fiddle with camera settings including field-of-view, video and still quality, metering mode and more.</p> <p>DJI claims the Wi-Fi extender unit on the remote control boosts the range of the signal to 300m, although your environment can affect this and you may find it shorter &ndash; or sometimes longer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-app.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-camera.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blurred Vision </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sadly, we found the integrated camera&rsquo;s image quality to be a hit-and-miss affair, with more emphasis on the latter.</p> <p>The 14MP stills are on par with a decent smartphone camera&rsquo;s, but we noticed a soft, unfocussed area on the left side of all our shots (we suspect that&rsquo;s a fault in the review sample, not a widespread issue) and glare and other effects creep in at times. The camera shoots in RAW or JPG, but at the time of writing our version of Photoshop couldn&rsquo;t open DJI&rsquo;s RAW format.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE 07/02/14:</strong> It turns out that in order to use the RAW format, all you need do is download DJI&#39;s desktop app for PC or Mac and use it update the Phantom 2 Vision&#39;s firmware.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/12235167453/in/set-72157640350944284/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Videos are impressive, particularly in 1080p &ndash; but a new GoPro model offers more options (4K, or 720p at 120fps for super slo-mo) and DJI&rsquo;s camera mount doesn&rsquo;t dampen vibration and shake to the degree you&rsquo;d get from a decent third-party gimbal.</p> <p>Both photos and videos are highly distorted due to the fisheye nature of the lens - some will like that style of shot, but DJI has released a lens profile for Photoshop that allows you to correct this without too much fuss.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GquwpyIVQHo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-test-shot-4.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those seeking smooth, well-stabilised video straight out of the camera would probably be better suited with the <a href="http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2/" target="_blank">cam-less standard Phantom 2</a>, kitted out with third-party gear from GoPro or the like.</p> <p>That said, for an all-in-one option it&rsquo;s tough to see anything out there that beats the Vision: as long as you&rsquo;ve got a compatible smartphone or tablet, this package offers everything you need to soar off into the wonderful world of aerial photography and videography - and have an absolute blast while you&#39;re at it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/it-bird-no-its-terrifying-robo-pigeon-military-drone/news" target="_blank">the terrifying robot falcon drone</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/watch-out-amazon-s-drone-army-might-soon-invade-your-home/news" target="_blank">the friendly Amazon delivery drone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" alt="DJI Phantom 2 Vision review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision-in-flight-1.jpg?1400700821" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While there&rsquo;s plenty of room for improvement, the Vision is an amazingly cool tool for amateur videographers and photographers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review#comments Camcorders DJI Geek accessories Phantom 2 Vision Robots UAVs Sat, 01 Feb 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1431868 at http://www.stuff.tv Wearable meMINI video camera lets you rewind time by five minutes, anytime http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/wearable-memini-video-camera-lets-you-rewind-time-five-minutes-anytime/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s like a dashboard camera – but for your body rather than your car </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="meMINI being worn" alt="meMINI being worn" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/meMINI-being-worn.jpg?1389317221" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>meMINI is one of the CES 2014&rsquo;s intriguing little products: a wearable video camera that&rsquo;s constantly recording footage. At any time, you can wind back to anything that it&rsquo;s captured in the last five minutes.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little like a personal version of the dashboard cameras used by Russian drivers to avoid bogus insurance claims. But rather than capture people stepping out in front of your motor on purpose, it&rsquo;s supposed to record the funny (or touching, or weird) little moments in life.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Footage is 1080p full HD, image-stabilised and captured using a 160-degree wide-angle lens (to give you some perspective, most smartphones have a 60-degree focal length) and the looping can be set to anything between five seconds and five minutes. The built-in battery lasts for up to three hours, and the camera attaches to clothing using a magnetic backplate.</p> <p>The camera comes with USB 2.0 for charging and footage transfer, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The latter lets you control the camera and view footage from your smartphone, thanks to a dedicated app.</p> <p>meMINI is currently in development and its designers are <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/memini/memini-a-wearable-camera-with-the-gift-of-hindsigh">seeking US$50,000 on Kickstarter</a>. At the time of writing the campaign has 27 days to go and has already achieved almost $30,000 in pledges, so it&rsquo;s looking likely that the team will be able to start producing the cameras soon. The projected price is US$249 (&pound;150) and a June 2014 on-sale date is the current target.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RWt-MhlFEL4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="meMINI black" alt="meMINI black" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Black-meMINI.jpg?1389317221" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="meMINI lifestyle" alt="meMINI lifestyle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/meMINI%2C-Keys-and-Iphone-Portrait.jpg?1389317221" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Camcorders CES 2014 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:44:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431055 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony sheds the weight off UHD 4K recording http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2014/sony-sheds-weight-uhd-4k-recording/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Capture your memories in UHD 4K without worrying about losing sensation in your hands with Sony’s Handycam FDR-AX100 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Handycam FDR-AX100" alt="Sony Handycam FDR-AX100" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FDR-AX100E%20%282%29.jpg?1389382322" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>UHD 4K recording might not be new, but it is typically filmed with hefty equipment. The Sony Handycam FDR-AX100 however has gotten rid of the bulk and now you can record every single detail of your less-than-interesting life with just one hand.</p> <p>The AX100 is tiny compared to its larger sibling, the AX10. With a 75% size and 66% weight reduction, you are going to look a little more discreet when recording with it.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi on board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s not all. It also has an optically-stabilised Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x zoom and a My Voice Cancelling feature that&rsquo;ll minimise all that unintentional heavy breathing from behind the camera.</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;re not a fan of wires, the AX100 also comes with NFC and Wi-Fi that&rsquo;ll make image transfer easier and also allow you to remotely control the camcorder from your mobile.</p> <p>The pint-sized camcorder is expected to hit shelves in March and will be retailing at about US$2,000 (&pound;1,220).</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2014/sony-sheds-weight-uhd-4k-recording/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2014/sony-sheds-weight-uhd-4k-recording/news#comments 4K Camcorders CES 2014 Sony Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:12:02 +0000 Will Findlater 1430875 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Panasonic W850 selfie camcorder http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/hands-review-panasonic-w850-camcorder/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s two camcorders! One for taking nice videos of things in front of you, and one for taking an unflattering shot of your squinting face! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands-on review: Panasonic W850 selfie camcorder" alt="Hands-on review: Panasonic W850 selfie camcorder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_2236.JPG?1389069126" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Like the Bactrian camel and the Hawaiian monk seal, camcorders are dwindling towards extinction, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean there isn&rsquo;t time for a few farewell mutations on the way to the taxidermist&rsquo;s cabinet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big lens good, small lens... not so much </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This two-camera approach would make a nice app on a phone, one you&rsquo;d spend about half the price of a sandwich on. However, on the W850 it&#39;s difficult to see why you&#39;d want the small, swivelly, screen-side camera. It only records VGA, and only as a window in the main camera&rsquo;s footage, so you can&rsquo;t switch between cameras (which would be handy for shooting an interview, or a wide and close angle on a subject). So in our brief experience we got two kinds of results from the two-camera camcorder: either a confusingly small picture of something far away or a deeply unflattering, chin-filled close-up of the shooter&#39;s face. If you can think of any film that would be improved by having your peering, distracted mug superimposed on a quarter of the screen, this is the feature for you.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">The tiny camera on the side may be about as useful as a waterproof teabag, but the W850&rsquo;s main eye is a feat of precision engineering. While most camcorders have two lens groups (a zoom group and a focus group), the W850 has four. The two extra zoom groups allow for a 50x optical zoom in a body the size and weight of a small hot dog (bun included). It can shoot 1080p slow motion (half-speed), and it can switch to slo-mo without breaking recording. While it&rsquo;s light it feels fairly sturdy and at first squint the footage looked impressive, especially zoomed right in.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">While pawing the W850 we were also shown an interesting accessory, the VW-CTR1 Pan Tilt Cradle. Mount your Panasonic camcorder on this robotic tripod (the W850 or its more affordable sibling, the V550) and you can shoot from anywhere, using your phone or PC. If you&rsquo;re a private investigator, a spy or a keen birdwatcher, this could be worth a (surreptitious) look.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands-on review: Panasonic W850 selfie camcorder" alt="Hands-on review: Panasonic W850 selfie camcorder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_2231.JPG?1389069126" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="It tilts, it pans, it connects to the cloud." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_2221.JPG?1389069126" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands-on review: Panasonic W850 selfie camcorder" alt="Hands-on review: Panasonic W850 selfie camcorder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/W850_K_slant_LCD.jpg?1389069126" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/hands-review-panasonic-w850-camcorder/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/hands-review-panasonic-w850-camcorder/news#comments Camcorders CES 2014 Panasonic Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:49:54 +0000 Will Dunn 1430769 at http://www.stuff.tv 4K at IFA 2013: all the highlights http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013/4k-ifa-2013-all-highlights/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A look at the finest Ultra HD gear this year’s show had to offer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="4K at IFA 2013: all the highlights" alt="4K at IFA 2013: all the highlights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG_ULTRA_HD_OLED_TV_01.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ultra HD video has been a major theme at this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013">IFA</a>, with each of the major manufacturers pulling the wraps off at least one killer 4K-compatible product. Here are some of the highlights.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic first with HDMI 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panasonic held IFA 2013&rsquo;s first major press conference and wasted no time in showing off some 4K loveliness. First up was the 65in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/ifa-2013/panasonic-reveals-worlds-first-4k-hdmi-20-tv/news">Viera L65WT60</a>0 TV, the world&rsquo;s first telly to feature an HDMI 2.0 connection. HDMI 1.4, which you&rsquo;ll find on most TVs, supports 4K but only at 30fps; 2.0 on the other hand supports up to 60fps.</p> <p>Panasonic also made a bid for the show&rsquo;s zaniest 4K product with its 20in 4K Windows 8 tablet. Priced at almost US$6,000 (&pound;3,800) and featuring a battery life of just two hours, this 3840 x 2560 slate is plenty powerful &ndash; but don&rsquo;t expect to see many on your morning commute.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic L65WT600" alt="Panasonic L65WT600" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-TX-L65WT600E-angle-4K-800x600.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG throws a 77in curve ball </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like squabbling sibling rivals, Korean companies LG and Samsung are constantly trying to one-up each other by making the biggest telly. And at this year&rsquo;s IFA LG will feel it has gained some sort of victory by unveiling&nbsp;&ndash; wait for it &ndash; the world&rsquo;s first 77in curved OLED Ultra HD television. The mammoth wraparound set is a prototype and thus doesn&rsquo;t have an ETA or price, but we&rsquo;d expect to see the impressive technology on show put to good use in future LG screens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 77in OLED 4K TV" alt="LG 77in OLED 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-4k-oled-77in.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung arrives at the OLED 4K party </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung unveiled its own Ultra HD OLED screen, but at 55 inches &ndash; and remaining resolutely flat-faced &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t quite match up to LG&rsquo;s TV in terms of headline-grabbing potential. Still, considering OLED screen sizes topped out at about 12 inches a few years ago, it&rsquo;s heartening to see companies finally delivering the goods (albeit in prototype form) on the display size front.</p> <p>And speaking of size, Samsung had a couple of giant LCD 4K screens to show off. At 98in and 110in, they&rsquo;re aimed at the commercial market rather than your living room &ndash; which perhaps makes sense given that you&rsquo;d need a living room the size of an aircraft hangar to house one comfortably.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s 4K projector and camcorder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has always been at the forefront with 4K televisions, but at IFA this year the firm&rsquo;s focus was on other Ultra HD products, namely the VPL-VW500ES home cinema projector and FDR-AX1 camcorder.</p> <p>The projector, which has a resolution of 4096 x 2160 and creates its picture with Sony&rsquo;s tried and trusted SXRD tech, supports HDMI 2.0 and its Super Resolution 4K upscaling software promises to &ldquo;dramatically&rdquo; boost 1080p Blu-ray quality. It&rsquo;ll be on sale at the end of October, priced at &pound;8,500.</p> <p>The FDR-AX1 is Sony&rsquo;s first 4K camcorder pitched at consumers rather than pros (although at &pound;3,800, it&rsquo;s far from impulse buy fodder). It can squeeze up to two hours of 3840 x 2160 4K footage on a 64GB XQD memory card (there are two slots) and also records in full HD. There&rsquo;s a 20x optical zoom lens on board &ndash; although we reckon future Sony 4K camcorders may well support the company&rsquo;s range of A- and E-mount camera lenses.</p> <p>Sony also announced that existing owners of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-cool-list-2013-4k-now-ready-conquer-your-living-room/feature">Bravia X9 4K TVs</a> would receive a firmware download adding HDMI 2.0 support.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony VPL-VW500ES" alt="Sony VPL-VW500ES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-4k-projector.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="FDR-AX1" alt="FDR-AX1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-fdr-ax1-camcorder.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Toshiba reveals “budget price” for 4K TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Toshiba had a quiet IFA on the 4K front, showing off only a 50in prototype TV. However the company did announcing pricing for its 58in, 65in and 84in L9 Series Ultra HD sets, due out any day now: &pound;3,000, &pound;5,500 and &pound;14,000 respectively. It&rsquo;s hardly peanuts, we know, but &pound;3,000 is the cheapest price for a 4K set in the UK.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Toshiba L9 4K TV" alt="Toshiba L9 4K TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/toshiba-l9-4k-tv.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips lights up the room with first 4K screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Philips is probably the last of the major manufacturers to enter the 4K market, but it has done so in style with its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/philips-ambilight-4k-dropbox-blimey/news">65PFL9708</a> telly. The LCD screen comes equipped with the Dutch firm&rsquo;s trademark Ambilight technology, which uses rear-mounted LEDs to light up the wall behind the TV in image-enhancing colours. The TV also comes with Philips&rsquo; Cloud TV smart TV platform which offers Dropbox support, allowing you to access videos, music and photos from a synced folder in the cloud.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips 65PFL9708" alt="Philips 65PFL9708" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-UHD-TV-65PLF9708.jpg?1386624512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K at IFA 2013 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> 4K Camcorders IFA 2013 Projectors TVs Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:57:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426310 at http://www.stuff.tv